I am a firm believer that it's the ear, not the gear, that makes your sound. I'm interested to hear your viewpoints on this, and stories regarding crappy gear you have had to work with. I will concede that good gear is invaluable, and in no way am I trying to say that ssl should stop making consoles, but I think there are a lot of home studio guys out there who think they need a $300,000 console to make a great recording. I am simply looking for information regarding YOUR opinions on skills Vs gear. I feel that those of us who may be discouraged by the amazing mic's and pre's and other stuff thay can't afford, might be encouraged by what kind of recordings could be made with "prosumer" gear and top notch skills. Steve.